Florida man pleads guilty to involvement in international health care fraud scheme | USAO-NDGA

ATLANTA – Nagaindra Srivastav pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges for his role in selling fraudulent doctor’s orders to his co-conspirators, who used the orders to obtain at least $25 million in fraudulent Medicare payments.

“Srivastav and his co-conspirators targeted our most vulnerable citizens to line their pockets with taxpayer money,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Our office is committed to finding and prosecuting those who exploit telemedicine and use it as a platform for their criminal schemes.”

“Health care fraud affects every corner of the United States. Srivastav’s actions cost taxpayers at least $25 million,” said Kerry Farley, special agent in charge of the FBI in Atlanta. “His criminal behavior was driven by personal greed. This guilty plea will serve as a reminder to others that the FBI and its law enforcement partners will investigate and prosecute individuals who illegally use health technology for their own gain.

“Healthcare fraud is not a victimless crime, and those who defraud federal health care programs are carelessly wasting precious taxpayer dollars and contributing to rising health care costs,” said Special Agent in Charge Tamala E. Miles of the Department of Health and Human Services , Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG). “Working closely with our law enforcement partners, HHS-OIG remains committed to investigating and holding perpetrators of health care fraud accountable.”

According to US Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Srivastav was the owner of B2B Apps Solutions (“B2B”), a Florida-based company. Through B2B, Srivastav and his co-conspirators created and operated an Internet-based platform that individuals and businesses in the healthcare industry used to buy and sell physician orders for durable medical equipment (“DME”), such as ankle, back, knee or leg braces.

Through B2B, Srivastav pays and gets paid for referring federal health business. To accomplish this, Srivastav created a website, RepsHub, where DME companies and others upload potential information about DME patients, called “leads,” which are typically obtained through telemarketing campaigns targeting beneficiaries for whom the company’s products can be billed. DME. In addition and in connection with the sale of medical prescriptions, Srivastav also marketed and sold leads he received through call centers controlled by himself and his co-conspirators.

Srivastav bought the doctors’ orders which he sold to his clients from purported telemedicine companies based in the Philippines and Pakistan. These orders lacked medical necessity, and Srivastav was repeatedly advised that the purported authorizing physician did not actually speak with the patient, sign the order, or prescribe the braces. Although Srivastav never personally filed claims with Medicare or any other health care program, he was responsible for at least $25 million in federal health care program reimbursements.

Sentencing for Nagaindra Srivastav, 58, of Tampa, Florida, is scheduled for January 19, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Steve S. Jones.

This case is being investigated by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney David A. O’Neill is prosecuting the case.

For additional information, please contact the US Attorney’s Office of Public Affairs at [email protected] or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

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